Smith Group Real Estate

Who You Work With Matters™

Who You Work With Matters™

Every home has a unique story and the Smith Group would be honored to tell yours. We understand luxury real estate in Orange County and have the numbers to prove it. Our primary objective is to partner with you and achieve the highest net proceeds as quickly as possible. We hope you’re asking, “Why the Smith Group?”. Here’s a relevant answer. We have earned over half a billion in sales since 2011. With volumes totaling $220 Million in 2014, $245 Million in 2013, and $197 Million in 2012. We are the #1 Team in Orange County for Coldwell Banker and have been since 2009. We sell a coastal property every 55 hours. Our team outperforms the individual as we strive with expertise for the best results. We exceed the competition and achieve the most for you, our future client. And we deliver groundbreaking marketing that demands more than market mediocrity. Welcome to our online home, please take a scroll. Relationships are about connecting, and I invite you to sign up with your email to receive weekly updates. I’d like to introduce our unique selling proposal and my talented team.

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How do we stand as one of the top teams in the Nation? The Smith Group collaborates to tell your story in a more innovate way than any other brokerage in California. With 16 dedicated professionals we have a combined 150 years of transactional experience. Each person has a specific and vital role to play in selling your home. In 2014 we successfully told the story of 158 homes, averaging our clients 11% more than the market in Orange County. Our customized marketing plan is specific to the personality of your home. It’s our strategy for your success.

Our Strategy

Tim Smith

Tim Smith’s name is synonymous with the coastal Orange County real estate market, where his well established reputation and unmatched market knowledge have made him a frontrunner in Southern California’s residential real estate industry. As the leader of Coldwell Banker’s #1 Team in Orange County with sales volumes of over half of a billion dollars in the last three years, Tim prides himself on his personal service and attention to his clients’ every detail, which has lead him to a large base of referral and repeating clients. Tim brings nearly two decades of experience to every transaction, where he specializes in coastal communities from San Clemente to Huntington Beach and inland to Shady Canyon®. Tim’s expansive network, unparalleled client service, and proven marketing strategies have made him an elite member of Coldwell Banker® brand’s Presidential Premier group, which represents the top 1% of sales associates internationally. Additionally, his highly-producing team has been named Coldwell Banker’s #1 Real Estate Team from Orange County to the Desert since 2009.

Our Team

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  • “If you need a realtor who knows his stuff, and works hard for you without being overly pushy, then Tim Smith is for you. Tim worked on selling my condo for 11 months. His knowledge of the properties currently available and sold, as well as the cost per sq. ft. of virtually every coastal comp’d property in the area, greatly aided selling potential clients. The Smith Group advertises frequently with stunning photography— a great benefit that keeps the property in front of the market. Tim has developed an art of being able to adapt to buyers questions and sell benefits. The Smith Group is professional and friendly, a hard combo to find these days.”

    Kevin Walsh, Seller | 13 Shreve, Laguna Beach

  • “Before choosing Tim Smith as my realtor I had interviewed several candidates. Upon receiving an impressive email recommendation about Tim from one of my trusted advisors, my decision was made. He followed through with exactly what he laid out in his unique selling proposal and was impeccably professional. Tim and his team were available for every part of the sale in a hands-on manner. His personal touch during negotiations was extremely helpful in soothing the stress that can easily accompany the selling process. The Smith Group knows the market, they get to know you, your needs and wants, and they make the deal happen. From beginning to end they did everything right!”

    Jan Berman, Seller | 345 Camden Place, Laguna Beach

  • “Tim Smith is an extremely professional and personable real estate broker. He is responsive and understands
    the marketplace. I enjoyed working with him and wouldn’t hesitate to do so again. I highly recommend him!”

    Janice Markley, Seller | 39 Strand Beach, Dana Point

  • “As a professional real estate investor, we turn to the best when it comes time to sell one of our developments or redevelopments. We recently engaged Tim and his team to list a property for us. We look for market knowledge, confidence in list price, marketing capabilities and ability to negotiate and bring the sale to a smooth closing. The Smith Group has the best marketing platform I have seen, but more importantly, Tim masterfully negotiated with the Buyer’s agent and Buyer to get us the terms we were looking for— and the entire process was smoother than I was used to. The results: in escrow in 4 days, close of escrow in 11 days from offer, and a price much higher than his competitors wanted to list the house for. I wouldn’t hesitate a second when recommending Tim and his team to market your home for sale.”

    Brian Sperry, Seller | 1714 Skylark Lane, Newport Beach

  • “Tim Smith delivers on what he promises in his promotional materials. Never have I experienced a real estate professional with such follow-through. After listing the home for over 1 year with no results, Tim indicated that he prices homes at 98% of their ultimate sales price, and that he would be getting an offer in 90 days. He delivered on both. Tim’s involvement was comprehensive. He worked with outside parties to prepare the home in the best possible way to sale, including: staging, cost-effective painting, and uplifting photography. Additionally, when an offer came in, Tim negotiated and worked with the buyer representative on behalf of the seller to get the price within the listing promise.”

    Wil Heupel, Investor | 345 Camden Place, Laguna Beach

  • “I was very happy with my experience with Tim Smith and his team. They are the epitome of professionalism. From the introductory presentation, to getting the house ready to show, including photography, staging the entire house (inside-and-out), putting together impressive marketing materials— the entire team worked flawlessly to get everything ready. Their follow through was impeccable. They showed me how pleasant it can be to sell your home. We sold at the highest dollar per square-foot price for this track for the entire year. And sold within the first three month’s of our contract. I am very grateful to The Smith Group.”

    Wendi Chen, Seller | 2475 Hannaford, Tustin

  • “The Smith Group is your best choice. Tim and his team are outstanding, they know the real estate market, and they’re
    number one in Orange County. You’ll be well taken care of and extremely happy with the results.”

    Frank Arciero, Seller | 2596 Riviera, Laguna Beach

  • “Tim Smith is great. He uses data to understand market pricing and industry trends. He is extremely helpful in guiding
    the seller through the entire sales cycle. Plus he is a cool guy. I am happy to recommend Tim and his group!”

    Alex Bhathal, Seller | 572 Mystic Way, Laguna Beach

  • “Tim and his team are the best! They worked extremely hard to market my house and find the right buyers who were financially able to complete the transaction. Tim has a keen awareness of the market and suggested we lower the price to reflect the recent dip, which was followed with multiple offers. Their team provides regular feedback and updates on showings and marketing. They disclose everything, vet issues, and address the concerns of a buyer. Please, please, go with Tim and his team. You will get top dollars for your home, and find great confidence in their transparent and upfront delivery of services.”

    John Lee, Seller | 2352 Crestview, Laguna Beach

  • “As a home buyer, seller and investor I’ve dealt with many agents over the years. Not one of them remotely compares with Tim Smith. The experience of selling two properties within 90 days turned out to be absolutely seamless. His detailed understanding of the Newport Beach Market allowed Tim to foresee increased market prices well in advance of other agents. I must admit that I had some trepidation when Tim suggested we list it for a price higher than the market average. Ultimately I trusted in his judgment and the net result was a sale at full list price. Not once but twice! Based on my experiences with Tim Smith I would be crazy to transact real estate with anyone other than The Smith Group.”

    Mike Betts, Seller | 712 Fernleaf, Corona del Mar

  • “Without Tim, we wouldn’t have been able to buy exactly the home we wanted in our dream neighborhood. Tim utilized his local knowledge and market savvy to craft a competitive offer the first day our home went on the market. We were competing with multiple offers, but Tim was able to get a counter-offer in our hands within 24 hours. Tim helped us deal with multiple challenges throughout escrow, kept the deal from going off the rails more than once, all while helping us close in 30 days. I have complete confidence in Tim’s ability to successfully represent his clients, manage the challenges that inevitably arise every real estate transaction and, ultimately, close the deal that matters.”

    David Wagner, Seller | 1701 Port Barmouth, Newport Beach

  • “Tim has taken care of the sale of my last three houses. His hard work with the incredible marketing he does and knowledge
    of what it takes to sell a home if first rate. Tim is professional and goes the extra mile to get your house sold.”

    Jill Turner | 152 Monarch Bay, Dana Point

  • “Truly amazing group to work with. I closed three transactions with them,
    and everything went as smooth as it can be. I very highly recommend them.”

    Carlos Lopez, Seller | 3376 Corte Cassis, Costa Mesa

  • “When we made the decision to sell our favorite home, the home where our family and friends were able to enjoy the world class Balboa-Newport Beach area for over ten years, a friend assured me that Tim Smith of the Smith Group was the agent to use. Tim’s performance exceeded expectations at all levels. Tim’s network and professionalism resulted in a sale at well above market comp levels. His sales strategy included stunning photos, a professional property film and virtual tour, online advertising and personal contact with all prospects. The latter especially key to our transaction. From listing to sale, I can highly recommend Tim Smith and his team to any buyer or seller of residential property in the Orange County market.”

    Michael Saltman, Seller | 1216 W Oceanfront, Newport Beach

  • “We are so extremely pleased with our decision to have Mahlia Rittenhouse and Tim Smith represent us in the sale of our home. They surely rank among the finest real estate professionals available in South Orange County. We are very grateful for their savvy insight, integrity and focused attention to detail. A home transaction can be complicated and emotional but with Mahlia and Tim’s guidance it went very smoothly. In fact it went so well, we just purchased our next home through them. If you’re serious about excellent representation, do yourself a big favor and talk to Mahlia Rittenhouse and Tim Smith.”

    Michael Hines, Seller | 61 S La Senda, Laguna Beach

  • “I am thrilled with how Tim & The Smith Group handled the sale of my home in Newport Coast – it was a smooth transaction from beginning to end. My home sold in 4 months with several offers for 97% of list price. Tim used his expert negotiation skills and market knowledge to get me the highest net proceeds. Tim worked with me during every step of the sales process and his unwavering service made our transaction seamless. I would highly recommend Tim Smith for any real estate needs in Orange County.”

    Lauren Kear, Seller | 3 Longboat, Newport Coast

  • “Tim Smith did an outstanding job in a very complex long term real estate transaction. We could count on him all the way to the end of a process that lasted for an extended period. Tim kept us up to date, dealt with some sticky situations and was supportive and encouraging. He took full responsibility to get the job done and was always available to us. We have suggested him to many friends and will use his expertise in the future.”

    Larry & Janet Webb, Sellers | 41 S. Sur, Newport Coast

  • “My wife and I were walking on the beach and came upon her ‘dream home’. The Smith Group was the listing agent. Tim showed us all the comps in the area in a professional and proactive manner. It was the first time we bought a home directly from the listing agent. We are now the third owners of a 100 year old beach cottage and the home will stay in our family for years to come. I believe the deal got done because of how The Smith Group handled us and the seller.”

    Mike & Lori Gray, Buyers | 1007 Gaviota, Laguna Beach

  • “It is my pleasure to recommend The Smith Group as a real estate team for any individual or family wanting to sell their home and/or searching for their ideal home. I knew from the very moment we all sat down that this was the company and team I was going to use and that they’d have no problems selling my house quickly and at the right price. I could not have been more right! They are hands down the best in the business and I will recommend them to everyone I know. I don’t have any plans on ever moving again but if I do, I will without a doubt use The Smith Group again.”

    Kelly McAlpine, Buyer & Seller | 8 Meridian, Newport Coast & 2 Tunis, Laguna Niguel

  • “We were skeptical about listing our residence with the best realtor in coastal Orange County – unsure that he’d be the best fit to sell our home in Tustin Ranch. But when it came time to discuss listing prices and thoughts with the various realtors we were interviewing, Tim separated himself from the pack. He not only recommended the highest listing price, he went through his methodical approach as to how he was coming up with his listing price. His analytical background revealed a level of sophistication that I didn’t see in his competitors. Our house was listed on a Monday, and within a week we had five offers. A few days later we had a sixth. All of the offers were from qualified buyers and two of them were above the listing price. Tim showed his expert negotiation skills during the short back and forth process that followed as we narrowed down and finally signed with our buyer. Would we use them again? Absolutely! Would we recommend them to others to use? Only if you want to sell your house at top dollar in the quickest time frame!”

    Tom Allen, Seller | 2450 Kiser, Tustin

  • “Two weeks is all it took for The Smith Group to generate multiple offers and sell our home for above asking price! We have hired The Smith Group to list and sell our home, purchase a new home, and lease our rental property. The team’s expert market knowledge and professionalism, coupled with their high energy and ambitious drive, contributed to the success of each transaction. They are exceptional real estate agents and we would recommend them to anyone in the Dover Shores area thinking about selling!”

    Rudy & Bobbie Garza, Buyers & Sellers | 2000 Nautilus, Dover Shores & 1830 Irvine, Dover Shores

  • “We can’t thank you enough for your professionalism, expertise and hard work in helping us sell our home in Aliso Viejo. Your knowledge of the housing market for the Aliso Viejo area and overall housing market conditions helped us get the highest price for our model in 5 years. Your attention and patience through the entire process from listing to inspection, from appraisal to closing was so valuable and greatly appreciated. I would highly recommend you as the first and premier REALTOR® of choice for any buyer or seller.”

    Thai & Elizabeth Trung, Sellers | 41 Solitaire, Aliso Viejo

  • “34 days. That’s exactly how long it took our REALTORS® at The Smith Group to finalize the 3 property sales needed to make our dream home purchase a reality. After they had patiently worked with us for months in our new home search, the opportunity we’d been looking for finally arrived. That’s when we watched as the entire Smith team moved into a well-coordinated plan of action. With their expertise at the helm, our two properties were successfully listed, sold and closed and we successfully negotiated and closed the purchase of our new home, all in only 34 days. This is truly an amazing team to have on your side.”

    Kippy & Sally Wroten, Buyers & Sellers | 32 Plumeria, Irvine & 2 Coral Cay

  • “The Smith Group represented my family on two listings simultaneously—a beautiful townhouse in Laguna Niguel and the other was a large, custom home in a guard gated community in north Laguna Beach featuring a pristine private beach. Tim and his highly motivated staff represented both properties with focus and expertise. They developed a marketing plan that suited the unique elements of each property, and in a very “soft” market expertly screened interested parties prior to booking showings. Both properties were sold at prices that were higher than ever on their respective streets, and the attention to detail during the always delicate escrow process was exemplary. I remain convinced that we had the best representation available in the marketplace.”

    David Howard, Seller | 2540 Irvine Cove Crest, Laguna Beach

  • “I could not have been more impressed by Tim and his entire team during the sale process of my home. Simply put, Tim surpassed my expectations every step of the way. He gave me an honest, straightforward assessment of my home’s value, discussed the best approach to maximize value, personally engaged in the sale process every step of the way, gave me great advice, and completed the sale in an extremely efficient and hassle free manner. Tim’s dedication, high ethical standards and focus were absolutely first rate. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for the very best real estate brokerage services.”

    Mike Berchtold, Seller | 255 Emerald Bay

  • “Tim is a complete pro. He sold my house at asking price by bringing semi-interested parties into the game and creating a bit of a bidding frenzy. It was all done very elegantly and he’s not afraid to courageously hold out for top dollar. Did a great job keeping me informed along the way. Would recommend him strongly.”

    Don & Jennifer Robert, Sellers | 7 Via Emilia

  • “I was a real estate agent for years and understand the complexity to evaluate the market and choose the best price. It was impressive how Tim utilized a team of talented professionals to assist in building the perfect strategy to sell our home. He is extremely confident and patient. He is willing to invest hard work and money to sell our house. His unique proposal offered full page advertisement, beautiful photos, staging, and the Smith Group Film highlighting our home. Upon closing he donated a portion of his commission to Miracles for Kids for children who are battling cancer. Tim realizes how important it is to give back to the community and I really appreciate that quality in him as well.”

    Carol Demorest, Seller | 31831 Paseo Cielo, San Juan Capistrano

  • “Tim provided us the necessary market insight for us to successfully list and close on our home in less than 30 days. Not only was the process quick and pain free, but we were able to get our asking price along with the highest price in Sandalwood since 2006.”

    Kurt Schleicher, Seller | 126 Vermillion, Irvine

  • “I am a real estate investor and Tim Smith is one of the most sophisticated home real estate brokers I’ve ever worked with. He has a background in commercial real estate and understands the investment nature of purchasing and selling a home. His approach is a very intelligent one and he is excellent at the whole transaction, both buying and selling. I would not hesitate to use him, in fact, you are probably leaving money on the table if you don’t!”

    John Markley, Seller | 39 Strand Beach, Dana Point

  • “Thank you so much for everything you did for us. Please know that we feel very lucky to have done business with you and that it was a pleasure to do so. We have dealt with multiple realtors over our lifetime and this sale stands out as being as painless as possible. That being said, you and your staff were always accommodating and very upbeat and professional concerning every turn that was taken. We are very satisfied with the sale and hope to do business in the future. It is our pleasure to recommend your services to business partners and friends. Thank you once again!”

    Hal & Kathy Baerg, Sellers | 31921 Apuesto Way, Coto De Caza

  • “Tim was very professional and yet maintained a personal connection to me. He was able to sell my home in the time he estimated it would take to sell and at 98% of the asking price. He provided a very professional video online and print photos that captured the grandeur of our home. Tim understands the local market and I feel he was an excellent negotiator. I would recommend Tim to anyone.”

    David Jones, Seller | 3 Currents, Newport Coast